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Class symbol
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Designer Rod Johnstone
Year 1983
Design One-Design
Crew 3 – 5
Draft 1.19 m (3 ft 11 in)
Type Monohull
Construction GRP
Hull weight 812 kg (1,790 lb)
LOA 6.86 m (22.5 ft)
LWL 5.79 m (19.0 ft)
Beam 2.44 m (8 ft 0 in)
Hull Appendages
Keel/Board Type Fixed
Rig Type Fractional rig
Mainsail area 10.87 m2 (117.0 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 9.83 m2 (105.8 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 34 m2 (370 sq ft)
Class is a member of World Sailing
J/22 "Great White J" sailing on Lac Deschênes, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The International J/22 is a popular fixed-keel one-design racing sailboat normally raced with a crew of three or four people (total crew weight is restricted to 275 kg/605 lb). It races with the "class jib," a non-overlapping jib, a mainsail, and a large spinnaker. The boat is capable of planing on reaches and runs.

There are over 1,600 J/22's now sailing in 65 active fleets in eighteen countries on three continents. Recognized by the ISAF, the International J/22 Class Association promotes activities and regattas worldwide. There is a very active class web site and association newsletters. For class racing, sails are restricted to only a main, small jib and spinnaker with total crew weight at 605 lb.. According to the builder, "There is no better One-Design value available in a 22' keelboat."

The J/22 is used in the USA Women's Match Racing Championship regatta, resulting in the Santa Maria Cup[1]


According to its builder, "Since its introduction in 1983, the J/22 has blossomed into an International class now with 1,600+ boats sailing in 65 fleets in 18 countries. Over 130 boats sailed in the 2004 World Championship. On the merits of its sailing characteristics, widespread popularity and small crew number (3–4), J/22 continues to be the boat of choice and is selected again for the 2005 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship in Annapolis, MD."

The J/22 has a comfortable self-bailing cockpit with 7 ft. long seats and room for 4 people in the cabin to escape the rain or cold. J/22 is built for safety with buoyancy tanks and offshore hatches. Her 700 lb. lead keel lowers the center of gravity, creating nearly 1700 foot pounds of righting moment at 90 degrees of heel.

International Women's Keelboat Championship[edit]

Year Location Entries Winning Boat Country Skipper
2011 Rochester, New York, United States[2]  USA Cory Sertl
2010  FRA Claire Leroy
2009 Rochester, New York, United States  FRA Claire Leroy
2008  USA Sally Barkow
2007 La Porte, Texas, United States  USA Sally Barkow
2006  NZL Katie Spithill
2005  SWE Marie Bjorling
2004  USA Sally Barkow
2003  USA Elizabeth Baylis
2002  SWE Marie Bjorling
2001  USA Cory Sertl
2000  USA Betsy Alison
1999  USA Dawn Riley
1998  BMU Paula Lewin
1997  USA Betsy Alison
1996  USA Melissa Purdy
1995  USA Jody Swanson
1994  CAN Karen Johnson
1993  USA Julia Trotman
1992  USA Dawn Riley
1991  USA J. J. Isler


World championships[edit]

Year Location Entries Winning Boat Country Skipper
2013 Newport, Rhode Island, United States
2012 Brittany, France 21 Julie  FRA Jean Queveau
2011 New Orleans, United States 64 Dieselsnack  USA Rob Johnston
2010 Scheveningen, Netherlands 38 Quantum Holland  NED Nic Bol
2009 Lake Garda, Italy 36  NED Gaston Loos
2008 Rochester, New York, United States 104  USA Greg Fisher
2007 Durban, South Africa 35  RSA Mark Sadler
2006 Brittany, France 43  NED Jeroen den Boer
2005 Medemblik, Netherlands 84  NED Tjarco Timmermans
2004 Annapolis, Maryland, United States 130  USA Alec Cutler
2003 San Rocco al Porto, Trieste 56  NED Den Engelsman
2002 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States 60  USA Terry Flynn
2001 Port Elizabeth, South Africa  RSA Ian Ainslie
2000 Medemblik, Netherlands  NED Serge Kats
1999 Cleveland, Ohio (USA) 67 Tejas  USA Mark Foster
1998 Punta Ala, Italy  ITA Marino Fassi
1997 Cape Town, South Africa  RSA Ian Ainslie
1996 Fort Worth, Texas, United States 65  USA Paul Foerster
1995 Port Zélande, Netherlands  NED Mark Neeleman
1994 Annapolis, Maryland, United States 75  USA Chris Larson
1993 Durban, South Africa 75  RSA Chris King
1992 Harbor Springs, Michigan, United States  USA Chris Larson
1991 New Orleans, United States  USA Steve Ulian
1990 Gibson Island, Maryland, United States  USA Jim Brady

See also[edit]

Related development

Similar sailboats


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